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Royals join Romanians at ex king Michael's funeral

Bucharest - Thousands of Romanians Saturday joined European royalty for the state funeral of Romania's former king Michael, one of the last surviving heads of state from World War II, who died last week aged 96.

Romania's lower house passes controversial judicial reforms

Bucharest - Romania's lower house of parliament on Wednesday passed two controversial reforms which the opposition says risk limiting judicial independence and weakening the fight against corruption.

Remains of Romania's king Michael return home for final farewell

Bucharest - The body of Romania's beloved former king Michael, who recently died in Switzerland aged 96, returned Wednesday to his home country where he will be laid to rest at a grand state funeral.

Romanians stage fresh anti-corruption protests

Bucharest - More than 10,000 people Sunday braved biting cold to stage protests across Romania to denounce the left-wing government for backtracking on efforts to fight corruption.

European rights watchdog raps Ukraine's language law

Kiev - A European rights watchdog ruled on Friday that Ukraine's new law requiring state schools teach older children almost entirely in Ukrainian might be discriminatory.

Romania declares 3 days of mourning after king Michael's death

Bucharest - Romania will observe three days of national mourning next week to mark the death of its former king Michael, who was one of the last surviving World War II leaders.

Romania's revered king Michael, a long and tragic life

Bucharest - Romania's former king Michael, who died Tuesday aged 96 in Switzerland where he lived, incarnated the tragic fate and political turmoil suffered by his country in the 20th century.

Kiev's disputes with Western neighbours threaten EU support

Kiev - Three years after the outbreak of an unprecedented crisis with Moscow and a war with pro-Kremlin rebels, Ukraine is experiencing a deep diplomatic chill with its Western neighbours that risks dampening EU support for Kiev.

US sternly criticizes Romanian justice plans

Washington - The United States issued a stern warning to Romania on Monday as thousands took to the streets on Bucharest to protest moves to sideline an anti-graft agency.

Romanians protest over move to hobble corruption fight

Bucharest - Thousands of Romanians took to the streets Sunday in fresh protests at the left-wing government and what critics say are its attempts to go easy on corruption.

Romanian prosecutors comb through party chief's assets

Bucharest - Romanian prosecutors said Wednesday that they were attempting to calculate the total amount of assets owned by Liviu Dragnea, the under-fire head of the country's ruling left-wing party.

Romanian ruling party leader's assets frozen in corruption probe

Bucharest - Romania's anti-corruption agency on Tuesday froze more than 27 million euros in assets belonging to Liviu Dragnea, the powerful boss of the country's ruling left party who is being investigated for abuse of power and embezzlement of EU funds.

Fresh Romanian protests against judicial reforms

Bucharest - Thousands of Romanians demonstrated for a second straight Sunday against proposed judicial reforms which they say will weaken an anti-corruption drive.

Contentious Romanian tax reforms signed off

Bucharest - Romania's leftwing cabinet signed off Wednesday on a package of tax and social security reforms widely criticised by trade unions and employers alike and which have sparked protests.

Romania mine collapse kills one, injures two

Bucharest - One man has died and two others have been severely injured after parts of a coal mine collapsed in southern Romania, emergency services said Friday.

Protest in Romania over social security hikes

Bucharest - Thousands of Romanians protested Wednesday against planned hikes in social security contributions that critics say will wipe out generous salary hikes for public sector workers.

Poroshenko signs disputed Ukrainian language law

Kiev - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday signed into law a controversial language bill which has sparked a standoff with Romania and other east European states.

Ukraine 'disappointed' as Romania cancels visit over language bill

Kiev - Ukraine on Friday expressed disappointment after the president of Romania said he would not travel to the ex-Soviet country next month in protest over a bill that obliges schools to teach in the Ukrainian language only.

Desperate Europe-bound migrants turn to capricious Black Sea

Constanta - While the arrival of exhausted migrants may be common on Mediterranean shores, it's a rare sight on the Black Sea coastline.But a string of recent arrivals from Turkey suggests it may be emerging as part of a new 'Romanian route' to western Europe.

Romania seizes new migrant boat in Black Sea

- Romanian authorities said Wednesday they had rescued more than 150 migrants in the Black Sea, the fifth such incident since August amid rising fears that a new migrant route to Europe is opening up.

Europe court backs employee fired over private messages

Strasbourg - Europe's top rights court on Tuesday restricted the ability of employers to snoop on their staff's private messages, in a landmark ruling with wide ramifications for privacy in the workplace.

Can bosses snoop on employees? European court to rule

Strasbourg - Europe's top human rights court is set to rule Tuesday whether bosses have the right to spy on employees who use company messaging systems, in a landmark decision for privacy in the work place.

Man Who Brings The Light lifts Romania's poor out of darkness

- It is late, but Nicoleta Monea and her children cannot sleep. This is the last night the family will spend without electricity, thanks to "The Man Who Brings The Light".

EU risks breakup without social dumping reform: Macron

Bucharest - The EU risks breakup if it fails to overhaul a rule that lets firms send temporary workers from low-wage countries to rich economies without paying local social charges, French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday.

Migrant boats in Black Sea spark fears of new route

Bucharest - Romanian authorities said Monday that they had caught a fishing boat with 68 asylum seekers off Romania's coast, the second such incident in a week, raising fears that a new migrant route to Europe is opening up.

Israel detains diamond magnate in money laundering probe

Jerusalem - Israeli police on Monday detained diamond magnate Beny Steinmetz and four others as part of an international money laundering investigation, authorities said.

Dutch police net gang stealing iPhones from moving trucks

Den Haag - Dutch police said Monday they had rounded up a gang of alleged Romanian iPhone thieves, who gained notoriety by clambering from their cars into moving trucks to pull off heists.

Romania blocks Russia minister plane to Moldova

Bucharest - Romania on Friday sparked fury in Moscow by blocking a Moldova-bound plane carrying a senior Russian minister entering its airspace because of an EU travel ban over the Ukraine crisis.

US set to approve $4bn Patriot missile sale to Romania

Washington - The US State Department said Tuesday it is ready to approve the sale of Patriot air defense systems to Romania, a $3.9 billion deal likely to infuriate Russia.

Al-Qaeda in Mali releases video showing 6 foreign hostages alive: SITE

Bamako - Al-Qaeda's Mali branch has released a proof-of-life video of six foreign hostages, including elderly Australian surgeon Arthur Kenneth Elliott and Frenchwoman Sophie Petronin, US-based monitoring group SITE said.
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